Category Archives: focus

Coaches, parents, runners – who needs mental game training more?

I’ve seen a lot over my years of coaching youth runners, directing running camps, working with parents and other coaches. I have indeed seen┬áthe proverbial good, the bad and the ugly. In almost every case there is no malice or … Continue reading

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I perform well when…

How often do you say something like the following: I do better when I’m the underdog. I do better when I come from behind. I do better when no one expects me to do well. I do better when I … Continue reading

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Stop the Presses – This will kill you!

As many of you know I have a ┬áhard time joining the bandwagon for fads, poor science and bad research studies/interpretations. Alex Hutchinson writes some pretty good stuff for Runners World. Most recently he wrote about a controversial study that … Continue reading

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Running Camp – Can Adults go Too?

Every summer the popular thing to do if you have children is to find camps to send them to. Camps exist for every taste – from cheer, to leadership, to knitting, to soccer to running. But, what about a break … Continue reading

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And for the Weather Report

It really doesn’t matter where you are from. We all have to deal with weather. Unless you go into hibernation all winter up north or all summer in the south you’ll have to deal with the weather. Of course a … Continue reading

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part II

This is a continuation on the Top 4 Mental barriers for Endurance Athletes – (part I here). Barrier #2 – “I’ll practice mental toughness on my good days or when I’m ready.” Mental toughness is rarely shown when everything is … Continue reading

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part I

Ask any endurance runner what part of marathoning or ultramarathoning is mental and the answers are as variable as the people you ask. While one runner will state with certainty “it’s 90% mental” another will equally assertively state “it’s 10% … Continue reading

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